Foreign Adoptive Parents Airfares

ivanataylor made this Freedom of Information request to Kent County Council

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Response to this request is long overdue. By law, under all circumstances, Kent County Council should have responded by now (details). You can complain by requesting an internal review.

Dear Kent County Council,

Foreign Adoptive Parents Airfares

Provide all information held relating to the purchase of foreign adoptive parents air fares

2 x American
£1345.33
Payment for air fares for prospective adoptive parents.
Airlines

1) how many have had their airfare paid by KCC
2) list all countries
3) list how many children have been adopted to foreigners whose airfares have been paid by KCC.
4) list and include all amounts, fees. airfares etc paid out by KCC to prospective adoptive parents

Yours faithfully,

ivanataylor

Kent County Council

 
Dear Ms Taylor,

Thank you for your email.

Kent County Council acknowledges your request for information under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000. Assuming KCC holds this information, we
will endeavour to supply the data to you as soon as possible but no later
than 14th December 2011 (20 working days from date of receipt).

We will advise you as soon as possible if we do not hold this information
or if there are exemptions to be considered and/or any costs for providing
the information. Please quote our reference - FOI/11/1609 - in any
communication regarding this particular request.

Best regards

 

Richard Battrum
Information Access Officer
Information Resilience & Transparency
Business Strategy & Support. Governance & Law
Kent County Council, Room 2.71, Sessions House, Maidstone, Kent ME14 1XQ
T:  01622 221037
F:  01622 696075
E:  [email address]

[1]http://www.kent.gov.uk/your_council/have...

 

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Dear Kent County Council,

Do you intend to answer this request as you are now breaking the Law? Or are you hoping to have more time via an internal review?

Yours faithfully,

ivanataylor

Kent County Council

Dear Ms Taylor

Please accept my sincere apologies for the delay in sending a response to you. I appreciate we have not complied with statutory timescales on this occasion.

I would like to assure you that we doing everything we can to resolve this delay, and I hope to be in a position to send a response by 6 January 2012.

In the meantime, once again please accept my apologies for the delay and any inconvenience this may have caused you.

Best regards

Michelle Hunt
Information Governance Specialist
Information Resilience & Transparency
Business Strategy and Support
Governance & Law
Room 2.71, Sessions House
Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1XQ
External: 01622 696692
Internal: 7000 6692

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Kent County Council

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Dear Ivana Taylor

Thank you for your request for information made under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.  Please accept my sincere apologies for the delay in
sending this information to you. I appreciate we have not complied with
statutory timescales on this occasion.

1)  KCC have paid for 3 air fares, which consist of 2 flights back and
forth from the USA to UK for prospective adoptive parents.  The 3rd flight
was to take the children to America.

2)  America

3)  3

4)  Please see attached spreadsheet.

<<Adoption Costs.pdf>>
If you are unhappy with this response, and believe KCC has not complied
with legislation, please ask for a review by following our complaints
process; details can be found at this link
[1]http://www.kent.gov.uk/your_council/have...
on our website. Please quote reference FOI/11/1609.

If you still remain dissatisfied following an internal review, you can
appeal to the Information Commissioner, who oversees compliance with the
Freedom of Information Act 2000. Details of what you need to do, should
you wish to pursue this course of action, are available from the
Information Commissioner’s website
[2]http://www.ico.gov.uk/complaints/freedom...

Regards

Michelle Hunt
Information Governance Specialist
Information Resilience & Transparency
Business Strategy and Support
Governance & Law
Room 2.71, Sessions House
Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1XQ
External: 01622 696692
Internal: 7000 6692
 

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Over £100,000 is a shocking figure to spend of rate payers money on adopting children abroad.

Why was it impossible to place them in the UK ?

Where are the children now ?

How many adoptive carers were involved i.e. how many children and which sex and ages did they receive ?

How much remuneration was received from the new adoptive carers ?

Who authorised the trips ?

I desire an answer to all the above now please under freedom of information, as i believe it to be in the interest of the public. Thank you for your speedy reply.

ivanataylor left an annotation ()

Over £100,000 is a shocking figure to spend of rate payers money on adopting children abroad.

Why was it impossible to place them in the UK ?

Where are the children now ?

How many adoptive carers were involved i.e. how many children and which sex and ages did they receive ?

How much remuneration was received from the new adoptive carers ?

Who authorised the trips ?

Dear Kent County Council,

For clarifycation here is the link to the july request.

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/fo...

Yours faithfully,

ivanataylor

A request was made in July. Why is there no mention of prospective adoptive parents from the USA in this freedom of information in July.? Why has the question not been answered until now and are these acurate? Why are the figures fro the children sent to america being conceiled. In july you gave figures for other countries but eluded to include USA or America, why is this please? under freedom of information.

I look forward to your speedy reply as a matter of urgency. I am concerned that proper and lawful records are not being kept of children adopted abroad. this is undoubtedly placing innocent and vulnerable children in grave risk without any public scrutiny or accountability.

ivanataylor left an annotation ()

Intercountry Adoption April 2010 - April 2011

34 enquiries
5 initial visits relating to Nigeria, Colombia, Russia, China and India
1 assessment of change of approval from China to UK
6 assessments linked to Pakistan, Colombia, Nigeria, Russia, Sierra Leone
3 approvals linked to Russia, Sierra Leone, Pakistan
3 placements 1 female child from Sierra Leone and 2 female children from
China
4 post placement reports for China
6 Annual reviews 5 linked with China and 1 linked with Thailand

Intercountry Adoption April 2010 - April 2011

34 enquiries
5 initial visits relating to Nigeria, Colombia, Russia, China and India
1 assessment of change of approval from China to UK
6 assessments linked to Pakistan, Colombia, Nigeria, Russia, Sierra Leone
3 approvals linked to Russia, Sierra Leone, Pakistan
3 placements 1 female child from Sierra Leone and 2 female children from
China
4 post placement reports for China
6 Annual reviews 5 linked with China and 1 linked with Thailand

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Kent County Council

Dear Ms Taylor

 

Thank you for your email below.

 

Kent County Council acknowledges your request for information under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000. Assuming KCC holds this information, we
will endeavour to supply the data to you as soon as possible but no later
than 02 February 2012 (20 working days from date of receipt).

 

We will advise you as soon as possible if we do not hold this information
or if there are exemptions to be considered and/or any costs for providing
the information. Please quote our reference - FOI/12/0015 - in any
communication regarding this particular request.

 

Best regards

 
James Mercer
Information Access Officer
Information Resilience & Transparency Team
Business Strategy & Support, Governance & Law
Kent County Council, Room 2.71, Sessions House, County Road, Maidstone,
ME14 1XQ. 
Telephone: 01622 696265, Internal: 7000 6265, Fax: 01622 696075
[1]http://www.kent.gov.uk/your_council/cont...

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Kent County Council

Dear Ms Taylor  

Thank you for your email below. Please accept my sincere apologies for the
delay in acknowledging your communication.

 

Kent County Council acknowledges your request for information under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000. Assuming KCC holds this information, we
will endeavour to supply the data to you as soon as possible but no later
than 2 February 2012 (20 working days from date of receipt).

 

We will advise you as soon as possible if we do not hold this information
or if there are exemptions to be considered and/or any costs for providing
the information. Please quote our reference - FOI/12/0043  - in any
communication regarding this particular request.

 

Best regards 

 
Laura Crawford
Information Access Officer
Information Resilience & Transparency Team
Business Strategy & Support, Governance & Law
Kent County Council, Room 2.71, Sessions House, County Road, Maidstone,
ME14 1XQ. 
Telephone: 01622 694261, Internal: 7000 4261, Fax: 01622 696075
[1]http://www.kent.gov.uk/your_council/cont...

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Adoptions from United Kingdom to U.S. by year
2010 2
2009 3
2008 3
2007 5
2006 6
2005 1
2004 1
2003 3
2002 5
2001 5
2000 13
1999 6

http://adoption.state.gov/country_inform...

Kent County Council

Dear Ivana Taylor

Thank you for your request for information made under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.

The reason this information was not included in the July response, is
because this was not an inter-country adoption. The children where
adopted by their maternal aunt and uncle who now live in America and the
adoption order was made in August 2011.

If you are unhappy with this response, and believe KCC has not complied
with legislation, please ask for a review by following our complaints
process; details can be found at this link
http://www.kent.gov.uk/your_council/have...
s/complaints_procedure.aspx on our website. Please quote reference
FOI/12/0015.

If you still remain dissatisfied following an internal review, you can
appeal to the Information Commissioner, who oversees compliance with the
Freedom of Information Act 2000. Details of what you need to do, should
you wish to pursue this course of action, are available from the
Information Commissioner's website
http://www.ico.gov.uk/complaints/freedom...

Regards

Michelle Hunt
Information Governance Specialist
Information Resilience & Transparency
Business Strategy and Support
Governance & Law
Room 2.71, Sessions House
Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1XQ
External: 01622 696692
Internal: 7000 6692

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Dear Kent County Council,

The evidence presented by yourselves as part of the ongoing exchange further to the processing of my FoIA request concerning adoption issues contains irreconcilable material inconsistent with the facts so far presented.

I will give one example:
You have said that the children concerned were adopted in the UK.
You then indicated that the overseas trips were for potential adoptions.
You now say that there were NO expenses paid to internal adoptions.
However, you also say that there were no inter-country adoptions.
Therefore your statements are not tenable.

Please provide full clarifications of exactly what is happening, and produce, in each case, the evidence supporting your explanations.

What you have provided so far does not say WHY you had to make so many foreign trips for both inward and outward bound children. This information is required.

Please provide a detailed anagram that breaks down exactly what these costs were provided for and to whom and when they were paid .
Is it a legal requirement to pay for adopters foreign travel and expenses to move pre adoptive or adopted children abroad, provide the relevant section in law.

Yours faithfully,

ivanataylor

Kent County Council

Dear Ms Taylor

 

Thank you for your email below.

 

Kent County Council acknowledges your request for information under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000. Assuming KCC holds this information, we
will endeavour to supply the data to you as soon as possible but no later
than 02 March 2012 (20 working days from date of receipt).

 

We will advise you as soon as possible if we do not hold this information
or if there are exemptions to be considered and/or any costs for providing
the information. Please quote our reference - FOI/12/0190 - in any
communication regarding this particular request.

 

Best regards

 

James Mercer
Information Access Officer
Information Resilience & Transparency Team
Business Strategy & Support, Governance & Law
Kent County Council, Room 2.71, Sessions House, County Road, Maidstone,
ME14 1XQ. 
Telephone: 01622 221037, Internal: 7000 1037, Fax: 01622 696075
[1]http://www.kent.gov.uk/your_council/cont...

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Kent County Council

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Dear Ivana Taylor 

Thank you for your request for information made under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000. 

Please accept my sincere apologies for the delay in sending this
information to you. I appreciate we have not complied with statutory
timescales on this occasion.

1)  The reason these children have been adopted by non UK residents is
because they are extended family members and this plan was agreed by the
court is best practice and in keeping with legislation.  It is in the best
interest of the children to be looked after by their family.  

2)  In America

3)  As the number is very low we cannot provide any information that
could indentify the carers or the children as this would breach the Data
Protection Act 1998.  Therefore we are relying upon the section 40 FOI
exemption of personal information to withhold this information. 

4)  There is no direct remuneration paid back by the family and the saving
for the local authority is the cost of long term foster care for the
children in the region of £30,000 per child per year. 

 

5)  Alastair Pettigrew, who was at the time the Interim Director of
Specialist Children's Services. 

If you are unhappy with this response, and believe KCC has not complied
with legislation, please ask for a review by following our complaints
process; details can be found at this link
[1]http://www.kent.gov.uk/your_council/have...
on our website. Please quote reference FOI/12/0043.

If you still remain dissatisfied following an internal review, you can
appeal to the Information Commissioner, who oversees compliance with the
Freedom of Information Act 2000. Details of what you need to do, should
you wish to pursue this course of action, are available from the
Information Commissioner s website
[2]http://www.ico.gov.uk/complaints/freedom...

Regards

 
Michelle Hunt
Information Governance Specialist
Information Resilience & Transparency
Business Strategy and Support
Governance & Law
Room 2.71, Sessions House
Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1XQ
External: 01622 696692
Internal: 7000 6692
 

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Dear Kent County Council

Thank you for your partial response, how can the children be identified if no names are required and the details are annonymised ?

Please review all parts of your response where you have not provided for every insistence of refusals to provide information and quote the clause under the FOI Act or DPA that you rely on, with reasons.

Please also confirm how many children were placed for adoption with relatives when Special Guardianship 2005 was introduced in order that it did not alter the relationship of the children with their blood relatives i.e. a child who was placed with their aunt would still remain the aunt and not become their mother which would disrupt the childs inherent rights and heritage.

ivana taylor

ivanataylor left an annotation ()

A serving Borough Councillor who is prepared to raise her own grandchildren, being denied , so the state can generate money from Forced Adoption.

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Kent County Council

Dear Ms Taylor

 

Thank you for your email below.

 

Kent County Council acknowledges your request for information under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000. Assuming KCC holds this information, we
will endeavour to supply the data to you as soon as possible but no later
than 12 March 2012 (20 working days from date of receipt).

 

We will advise you as soon as possible if we do not hold this information
or if there are exemptions to be considered and/or any costs for providing
the information. Please quote our reference - FOI/12/0227 - in any
communication regarding this particular request.

 

Best regards

 
James Mercer
Information Access Officer
Information Resilience & Transparency Team
Business Strategy & Support, Governance & Law
Kent County Council, Room 2.71, Sessions House, County Road, Maidstone,
ME14 1XQ. 
Telephone: 01622 221037, Internal: 7000 1037, Fax: 01622 696075
[1]http://www.kent.gov.uk/your_council/cont...

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Kent County Council

Dear Ivana Taylor

Thank you for your request for information made under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.

We are not prepared to divulge any more information as this was an unusual
case and to do so might reveal the identity of the children and contravene
the Data Protection Act 1998.  Therefore we are relying upon the section
40 exemption of personal information to withhold this information.

We can say that the adoption of the children was undertaken following
English adoption law, all expense were necessary and incurred as a result
of following due legal process.  If there are any further enquiries you
should take this up with the courts direct.

If you are unhappy with this response, and believe KCC has not complied
with legislation, please ask for a review by following our complaints
process; details can be found at this link
[1]http://www.kent.gov.uk/your_council/have...
on our website. Please quote reference FOI/12/0190.

If you still remain dissatisfied following an internal review, you can
appeal to the Information Commissioner, who oversees compliance with the
Freedom of Information Act 2000. Details of what you need to do, should
you wish to pursue this course of action, are available from the
Information Commissioner’s website
[2]http://www.ico.gov.uk/complaints/freedom...

Regards

Michelle Hunt
Information Governance Specialist
Information Resilience & Transparency
Business Strategy and Support
Governance & Law
Room 2.71, Sessions House
Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1XQ
External: 01622 696692
Internal: 7000 6692
 

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Kent County Council

Dear Ms Taylor

Thank you for your email. You asked KCC to review the answers provided to five questions that you asked on 4th January as you did not consider that exemptions had been applied correctly.

You also asked an additional question which was handled as a new request for information (our reference FOI/12/0227) to which we have replied under separate cover.

Your question
Over £100,000 is a shocking figure to spend of rate payers money on adopting children abroad. Why was it impossible to place them in the UK?

KCC's answer.
The reason these children have been adopted by non UK residents is because they are extended family members and this plan was agreed by the court is best practice and in keeping with legislation.  It is in the best interest of the children to be looked after by their family.  

OUTCOME OF REVIEW
This question was answered in full - no information was withheld, so no exemption to disclosure applies and therefore no section of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 needs to be quoted.

Your question
Where are the children now?

KCC's answer
In America

OUTCOME OF REVIEW
The question was answered in full albeit with limited detail, although you did not specify how much detail you required. Clearly KCC could not provide you with the full postal address in America where the children now live. In fact, for KCC to reveal personal details of any individuals without their consent would constitute a breach of the Data Protection Act 1998 (1st, 2nd, 5th, 6th & 7th principles). Therefore, third party personal data is exempt from disclosure under section 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Your question
How many adoptive carers were involved i.e. how many children and which sex and ages did they receive ?

KCC's answer
As the number is very low we cannot provide any information that could indentify the carers or the children as this would breach the Data Protection Act 1998.  Therefore we are relying upon the section 40 FOI exemption of personal information to withhold this information.

OUTCOME OF REVIEW
I concede that simply providing numbers and no other data would not constitute a breach of the Data Protection Act 1998 as it is unlikely that individuals can be identified. I can confirm that there were two adoptive carers (a couple) and they adopted two children (siblings) who were related to them. However, as this is an unusual case, it is possible that to provide additional information such as the age and sex of the children could identify them so I consider that this level of detail is exempt from disclosure under section 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Your question
How much remuneration was received from the new adoptive carers?

KCC's answer
There is no direct remuneration paid back by the family and the saving for the local authority is the cost of long term foster care for the children in the region of £30,000 per child per year. 

OUTCOME OF REVIEW
This question was answered in full - no money was paid to KCC by the adopting family, so no information was withheld, so no exemption to disclosure applies and therefore no section of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 needs to be quoted.

Your question
Who authorised the trips?

KCC's answer
Alastair Pettigrew, who was at the time the Interim Director of Specialist Children's Services

OUTCOME OF REVIEW
This question was answered in full - no information was withheld, so no exemption to disclosure applies and therefore no section of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 needs to be quoted.

If you are still unhappy with this decision, you can appeal to the Information Commissioner, who oversees compliance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Details of what you need to do, should you wish to pursue this course of action, are available from the Information Commissioner's website http://www.ico.gov.uk/complaints/freedom... or you can phone the ICO Helpline on 08456 30 60 60.

Best regards

Caroline Dodge
Team Leader, Information Resilience & Transparency Team, Business Strategy & Support, Governance & Law Kent County Council, Room 2.71, Sessions House, County Road, Maidstone, ME14 1XQ
Tel: 01622 221652, Internal 7000 1652,
Fax: 01622 696075
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Dear Kent County Council,

Please review your decision not to provide me with the information held by yourselves in answer to my request.

You have failed to fully answer all parts of my FOI request and also appear to have lost a child as you have previously stated that 3 children were sent to America . Kent County Council has also failed to supply all information and costs that relate to all children sent abroad from the UK and all information and costs that relate to all children sent to the UK from abroad.

Is your review, carried out by someone of higher rank and not connected in any way with the original request or the issue raised, please show, with evidence, why you think S40 is engaged in this case, such that your reply could, if necessary, be forwarded to the Information Commissioner.

Yours faithfully,

ivanataylor

Kent County Council

Dear Ms Taylor

Thank you for your email.

Information Commissioner guidance states that reviews should be conducted by an independent officer who is not subordinate to the person dealing with the original request. I was not involved at any stage with your requests about foreign adoptive parents airfares and I am actually the line manager of the person who provided the responses.

If you are unhappy with the outcome of the review, the next stage is for you to escalate your complaint to the Information Commissioner who will then investigate. It is not for KCC to review its review.

With regard to the 3rd child, this was the natural child of the couple who were adopting the two siblings and who accompanied the parents to the UK and then back to America.

Best regards

Caroline Dodge
Team Leader, Information Resilience & Transparency Team,
Business Strategy & Support, Governance & Law
Kent County Council, Room 2.71, Sessions House, County Road, Maidstone, ME14 1XQ
Tel: 01622 221652, Internal 7000 1652,
Fax: 01622 696075
http://www.kent.gov.uk/your_council/cont...

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Kent County Council

Dear Ms Taylor
 
Thank you for your request for information.  
 
'How many children were placed for adoption with relatives when Special
Guardianship 2005 was introduced in order that it did not alter the
relationship of the children with their blood relatives i.e. a child who
was placed with their aunt would still remain the aunt and not become
their mother which would disrupt the childs inherent rights and heritage.'
In the case of Special Guardianship Orders Kent County Council does not
record whether or not a child has been placed with a relative. The two
codes that the Council records when granting the SGO are 'SGO not to
Former Foster Carer' and 'SGO to Former Foster Carer'. These codes are
imposed nationally as part of the yearly return to the Department of
Education on looked after children, the SSDA903. Therefore, we are unable
to provide you with the information you have requested.

If you are unhappy with this response, and believe KCC has not complied
with legislation, please ask for a review by following our complaints
process; details can be found at this link
http://www.kent.gov.uk/your_council/have...
on our website. Please quote reference FOI/12/0227.  

If you still remain dissatisfied following an internal review, you can
appeal to the Information Commissioner, who oversees compliance with the
Freedom of Information Act 2000. Details of what you need to do, should
you wish to pursue this course of action, are available from the
Information Commissioner’s website
[1]http://www.ico.gov.uk/complaints/freedom....
 
Best regards
 
Laura Crawford
Information Access Officer
Information Resilience & Transparency Team
Business Strategy & Support, Governance & Law
Kent County Council, Room 2.71, Sessions House, County Road, Maidstone,
ME14 1XQ. 
Telephone: 01622 694261, Internal: 7000 4261, Fax: 01622 696075
[2]http://www.kent.gov.uk/your_council/cont...

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